20 Healthy & Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day

by Marla on May 25, 2012 · 37 comments

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Memorial Day Recipes | FamilyFreshCooking.com

As we fire up our grills to welcome summer we honor those who have served our country. Beyond the smoky grill, corn on the cob and ice cream is the gratitude that we share for those who protect and help us to live peaceful lives. That is the main point of Memorial Day.

Thank you to people who have dedicated their lives to service and to the families who love them. I am forever grateful.

Are you entertaining this weekend? I have your back with 20 great recipes that I have created for you here on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Gluten Blueberry Lemon Muffins | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Let’s start a little sweet. These recipes can be served for breakfast or energy lifting snacks throughout the day.

Blueberry Lemon Muffins will make you happy any time of day. They are also gluten free.

Baked Apples with Walnuts & Dates | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Stuffed Baked Apples with Walnuts and Dates

What says American pride more that juicy apples?! Try them baked with my nutty filling and you will never think of apples the same way again.

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal This is Americana in in a warming bowl of fun filled flavor.

It is also time for ripe juicy plums…

Plum Crisp | FamilyFreshCooking.com

The name says it all here. If you are craving more crumbly topping than fruit then try:

Extra Crumbly Plum Crisp

Coconut Scrambled Eggs | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Jazz up breakfast or brunch with Sweet Coconut Eggs on Toast.  Have you ever tried a sweet scrambled eggs? Oh you must!

Oatmeal. Oatmeal with more blueberries than you could ever imagine.

Blueberry Coconut Bakes Steel Cut Oatmeal

Blueberry Coconut Oatmeal | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Here are a few cooling drinks to try…

Strawberry Milk

Strawberry Milk | FamilyFreshCooking.com

This recent post got a lot of attention ~ especially when readers got all excited about hitting it up with a splash of rum!

Lemonade Coconut Milkshakes

Lemonade Coconut Milkshake | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Now let’s take a look at savory.

Sun-dried Tomato Hummus | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Chips and dips are always popular and feed a party crowd!

Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus with Crispy Sprouted Grain Chips

Bacon Guacamole Salsa | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Everyone needs a great guacamole recipe.

My Bacon Guacamole Salsa is the ultimate for dipping or topping your favorite fish, steak or chicken.

Stuffed Mushrooms with Bacon, Cheese and Thyme | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms are an easy crowd pleaser too!

Raise your hand if you like to grill when the weather warms up? (I am frantically waving both hands in the air by the way!)

Grilled Chicken Kebabs with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Chicken Kebabs with Roasted Pepper Sauce | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Here is a great grilled side dish that is perfect for any menu.

Balsamic Grilled Vegetables

Balsamic Grilled Vegetables | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Everyone loves food on a stick.

Try my little Hot Dog Skewers & Creamy Avocado Dip

Hot Dog Skewers with Avocado Dip | FamilyFreshCooking.com

People love salads. Especially when you add cheese, grilled chicken and lots of veggies. Don’t forget to top it all off with a homemade vinaigrette.

Grilled Chicken Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

Grilled Chicken Camembert Strawberry Salad | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Here is another salad with the ever popular and delicious quinoa…

BLT-A Quinoa Salad Serve yours up in little mason jars too. Would make for a fun table setting!

For more table top inspiration check out my Table Toppers Pinterest board.

Bacon Lettuce Tomato Avocado Quinoa Salad | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Cool it down after meal time with some homemade popsicles!

Frozen Yogurt Watermelon Popsicles | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Watermelon Frozen Yogurt Popsicles are sure to please pink lovers, watermelon lovers and everyone in between.

Creamed Corn Popsicles | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Creamed Corn Popsicles will a great conversation starter!

Tutti Frutti Popsicles | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Pretty and polka dotty…

Tutti Fruitti Chocolate Coconut Popsicles

Honeydew Sherbet | FamilyFreshCooking.comIce cream, you scream we all scream for….

Honeydew Sherbet-Ice Milk

Enjoy your long weekend with family and friends.!

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{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Caroline @ chocolate & carrots May 25, 2012 at 7:19 am

Mmm…it all looks so good! I think I’m going to have to make the watermelon fro-yo popsicles (I just bought a popsicle mold and it’s dying to be used)! 😀 Yum!!!


2 Marla May 25, 2012 at 7:55 am

Caroline, you must make those watermelon pops! A great choice girl :)


3 Stephanie May 25, 2012 at 7:29 am

Wonderful selection, thanks!


4 Lucy lean May 25, 2012 at 7:34 am

Love all the classic American food with a twist


5 Marla May 25, 2012 at 7:51 am

Thanks Lucy! You know me ~ always up for the twist :)


6 Katrina May 25, 2012 at 7:48 am

So awesome! Everything looks fabulous. Hopefully the weather holds up!


7 Marla May 25, 2012 at 7:54 am

Katrina, so far so good here in Colorado. Hubs says its nice in California too!


8 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] May 25, 2012 at 7:51 am

These all look so good! I am craving one of those lemon blueberry muffins for breakfast this morning. xxoo

Have a great weekend, Marla!


9 Averie @ Averie Cooks May 25, 2012 at 9:26 am

Not only could this post be called 20 healthy recipes, it could be called 20 amazing photographs in a pictorial essay by Marla :) Seriously, your work is just STUNNING!!!!!


10 Marla May 25, 2012 at 9:27 am

Thank you Averie. I kinda needed to hear that today :) Have a wonderful weekend!


11 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. May 25, 2012 at 9:54 am

great list! Have a great weekend


12 Maria May 25, 2012 at 10:27 am

I want them all!


13 Angie May 25, 2012 at 10:55 am

Beautiful photos! What great ideas. I would be a very welcome guest at any BBQ bringing any of these delicious treats. Have a great memorial day weekend! Hopefully the weather will improve.


14 Marla May 26, 2012 at 11:01 am

Angie, not sure how the weather is in the OC, here in Colorado it is glorious!!


15 Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free May 25, 2012 at 11:23 am

What a great round-up! These would all be great for July 4th, too! Like I said on twitter….I LOVE those corn pops 😀


16 Marla May 26, 2012 at 11:00 am

Alex, can I tell you how much I love that you LOVE the corn pops!!


17 Jamie | My Baking Addiction May 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Love this roundup and I’m dying to make your lemonade coconut milkshakes! And I definitely agree with Averie – gorgeous photos!


18 Marla May 26, 2012 at 8:43 am

Thanks Jamie. It is always interesting to do a round up & pull recipe posts from the past. So much has changed over the past year with lots & lots of photography practice!! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you get to try the milkshake :)


19 Bonnie K May 25, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Everything looks beautiful! Lovely display.


20 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel May 25, 2012 at 12:26 pm

I want a little bit of it all! I’d be so stuffed. Great list! Have a great weekend Marla.


21 Marla May 26, 2012 at 8:41 am

Rachel, it’s all about pacing oneself ~ right??!!


22 Bree May 25, 2012 at 12:37 pm

My mouth is watering! Great post :)


23 Deliciously Organic May 25, 2012 at 1:06 pm

A beautiful round-up!


24 Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers May 25, 2012 at 1:26 pm

What wonderful recipes and the photos are so gorgeous!!!


25 Brooke @ Food Woolf May 25, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Damn girl. What a generous round up!


26 Jeanette May 25, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Marla, these all look fabulous, perfect for Memorial Day. Would love to attend your Memorial Day BBQ!


27 Marla May 26, 2012 at 8:40 am

Jeanette, I would live to have you join u too! Have a wonderful weekend!


28 Liz May 25, 2012 at 6:26 pm

I wouldn’t know which dish to make first!!! Everything looks delectable!!! Enjoy your holiday weekend~


29 Marla May 26, 2012 at 8:39 am

Thanks Liz! You have a fab weekend too :)


30 Katie {EpicureanMom.com} May 25, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Love the picture of your darling little ballerina! I danced for 13 years and desperately want one of my girls to dance. Knowing my luck, it won’t happen 😉

Wonderful lineup! Love every single recipe!!


31 Marla May 26, 2012 at 8:34 am

Katie, you never know. My little girl loves to dance, but her love goes in phases. She is really casual about it. I certainly don’t think this will turn out to be a “career” thing. Though you never know!! Have a wonderful weekend!!


32 susan May 25, 2012 at 8:02 pm

lots of tasty ideas here, Marla. Have a wonderful weekend.


33 Cookin' Canuck May 27, 2012 at 6:32 am

You know how much I love your recipes, my grilling compadre. There are some fantastic ones on this list!


34 Marla May 27, 2012 at 6:56 am

Dara, it was so fun to look back on our recipes from Get Grillin’ We must revisit that again – miss you bunches :) Have a great long weekend with that sweet family of yours!


35 Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels May 27, 2012 at 9:11 am

Oh my goodness, all of the recipes look amazing and your photos are just beautiful. Love the Tutti Fruitti Chocolate Coconut Popsicles!! :)


36 Marla May 27, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Hi Lindsey! You gotta try those polka dotty tutti fruitti pops. A joy indeed :) Have a great weekend!


37 HeatherChristo May 29, 2012 at 2:47 pm

great round up Marla- perfect for any summer gathering!


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